An unusual combination of hiking boot and climbing approach shoe features gives these boots a striking look. They have asymmetric lacing that comes right down to the toes, a Kevlar rand, a thick rubber toe bumper and blocked out sections of the sticky rubber tread on the toes and heel. This should make them ideal for scrambling and walking in rough, rocky terrain. They also have a two-part footbed, a layer of which can be removed to give more space in the boots. However even using just the thinnest section of the footbed the boots are barely wide enough for me. Salewa does offer width fittings in some boots but not in this model. The ankle fit is good, with steel wire used to pull the boot in round the instep, and allows flexibility whilst giving support. The grip is fine, as is the cushioning under the heel though it’s a little hard under the forefoot. I wouldn’t suggest these boots for general walking but for regular scrambling they look good.
Chris Townsend assesses an eclectic bunch of boots, from ankle-high boots to barefoot options
UPPERS: suede/synthetic LINING: Gore-Tex MIDSOLE: cushioning OUTSOLE: Vibram sticky rubber WEIGHT: 1332 grams FLEX: flexible SIZES: 6-13 ORIGIN: Vietnam PRICE: Ј150 WEBSITE: www.salewa.com